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Metal News for May 4, 2006

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Godsmack Frontman Grilled On Military Involvement

Jay Babcock of Arthur magazine conducted an interview with Godsmack frontman Sully Erna on Monday, May 1, grilling the rocker on the band's decision to have their music used in U.S. military recruitment. You can check out a transcript of the interview, which ended with Sully finally hanging up on Babcock.

As previously reported, Godsmack's latest album "IV" moved 211,000 copies in its first week to debut on The Billboard 200 at Number 1. That's a little more than 50,000 units off the opening week of the quartet's last full-length, "Faceless," which landed at No. 1 in April 2003.

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It Dies Today Recording New Album

It Dies Today is currently in the studio working on the follow up to The Caitliff Choir, their Trustkill Records debut which scanned over 65,000 copies in the U.S. In the producer's seat is Gggarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Atreyu) with co-production from none other than the band's guitarist, Mike Hatalak. The Caitiff Choir wowed press and fans alone with national publications like Metal Edge saying "It Dies Today make their mark with guitar crescendos, battering ram drums, and spider-walking bass, setting a new precedent for this most trendy of hardcore and heavy metal fusions." Speaking on the new material vocalist Nick Brooks says "The whole album has very dark overtones. There are tracks that are based on relationships, losing faith, and then regaining it. It's everything that has changed in my life since the last album." There is also song that deals with the quotes of serial killer Aileen Wurnos, of whom the movie Monster is based. Commenting on that song Brooks says "This is one of our catchier tunes, ironically. I took what is known to be her last words and made a song out of my interpretation of them." The album will see a September release, but the band will be playing several of the new songs on their summer of high profile tours.

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All In Signs To Hand Of Hope Records

Alabama hardcore band All In has officially signed with Hand Of Hope Records. According to the label, "This is a band formed by five friends, the goal of which is to have fun, make the music they love, and share what's important to them. All In is straight-forward, heavy hardcore, with songs written for crowd participation." The group's debut full-length, "Nothing To Lose," will hit streets this fall. For now, you can download two songs from the album here.

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System of A Down To Go On Hiatus After Ozzfest

MTV.com is reporting that System of a Down will go on hiatus after completing the Ozzfest 2006 tour.

"We're not breaking up," Malakian insisted. "If that was the case, we wouldn't be doing this Ozzfest, because we're a little nervous" about trying to fill Ozzy Osbourne's shoes. Ozzy will be headlining just 10 of this year's Ozzfest dates, with System topping the bill on Ozzy's off days. "We're going to take a very long break after Ozzfest and do our own things," he added. "We've done System for over 10 years, and I think it's healthy for us to get away from it for a while and come back to it later on. So, this is probably going to be ... well, it's not a farewell tour, but it's going to be a little while before we go out again."

Malakian said he couldn't guess just how long System's hiatus will be, other than to say a few years. System of a Down have generally held recording sessions every three years since their self-titled debut in 1998, although the release of the material has been staggered: 2001's Toxicity was followed in 2002 by the outtakes collection Steal This Album!, and in 2005 the band issued the two halves of its double album, Hypnotize/ Mezmerize, five months apart. This fall, Malakian said he'll start work on his next project, Scars on Broadway, a band he's still assembling. He's also in talks to score a feature film, but hasn't inked a deal just yet.

And the rest of the band has other interests, too. Tankian runs his own record label, Serjical Strike, and Odadjian has been talking with members of the Wu-Tang Clan about working together on a project.

"I have a few things lined up that I want to do," Malakian explained. "For me, personally, I've written all the System records from day one, so it's kind of healthy for me to go off and do a few other things and then come back to it, as it is for the rest of the band. Some people would call it a breakup, but we don't really call it that. You know, even U2 took a little time off, and then they came back with a new sound. We're not trying to follow anyone — that's just an example of a band that kind of took a little break and then came back.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Dreams You Die In Breaks Up

Miami, FL hardcore band Dreams You Die In have called it quits. Formed in 2003, the band released an EP with Significant Records and will play several final shows in Florida. Here's an excerpt of a statement from the band:

"After 3 years, we have decided to call it quits. [We] wanna thank those of you who are on the board and have supported this band in any way, shape or form. whether it was just coming to a show, buying merch, giving us a place to stay, saving us when our van breaks down 30 min from a show, or raising money when no one asked, to try and help us fly home from California when our van broke down. Words can't describe the appreciation we have to you. I'm sure that some spin off bands will be started by members and some will just go do other things. But either way, its been an amazing 3 years and we couldnt ask for anything more."

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Download Blood Freak's "Axe of Violence" MP3

Razorback Records have posted another new BLOOD FREAK mp3 from the brand new album, "Live Fast, Die Young, And Leave a Flesh Eating-Corpse!". You can download and listen to the song "Axe Of Violence" here.

As previously reported, the final track listing for BLOOD FREAK's "Live Fast, Die Young, And Leave a Flesh Eating-Corpse!" is as follows: More...

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Teos to Support Seven Witches in Philly

TEOS has been confirmed as direct support for SEVEN WITCHES at the Trocadero Theater on Sunday May 7 for an all ages show on the main stage. Also on the bill are Galvanized, Bound By Blood, Scars Of Hatred and Conspiracy To Kill.

SEVEN WITCHES, featuring Jack Frost (SAVATAGE, BRONX CASKET CO.), Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER, NON-FICTION) and Kevin Bolembach (NON-FICTION) is back from their European tour and will wrap up their current touring schedule with this Philly show.

In related news, TEOS bassist Clint Arent will be handling bass duties for PAINMUSEUM on their upcoming East Coast Violence tour. PAINMUSEUM is the new metal band featuring HALFORD duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

PAINMUSEUM tour dates:

Jun. 11 - Big Bop Concert Hall/Reverb Room - Toronto, Canada
Jun. 10 - Steel Music Hall - Rochester, NY (Academy Of Shred Festival)
Jun. 09 - Dingbatz Club - Clifton, NJ
Jun. 08 - Fireside Club - Denville, NJ

PAINMUSEUM touring lineup:

Tim Clayborne (HATRED) – Vocals
"Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, TESTAMENT, SEBASTIAN BACH) – Guitars
Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, ICED EARTH, SEBASTIAN BACH) – Drums
Clint Arent (TEOS) – Bass

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MGR Plan East Coast Gigs w/ Pelican, Mono

Neurot Recordings artists MGR are playing a couple of live gigs with Pelican and Mono on the east coast. Here are the dates:

TUE 05/09/2006
NYC at AVALON
8:00 p.m. w/ Pelican, Mono and Life and Times.

WED 05/10/2006
Philadelphia, PA at First Unitarian Church
8:00 p.m. w/ Pelican, Mono and Life and Times.

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No Island Media Search for the Perfect Guitar Tone

No Island Media, a digital media production company specializing in short-form reality programs for and about creative professionals, is hosting a Framus Salon at NXNXE, Canada's largest music festival, as part of innovative reality/documentary series, The Search for the Perfect Guitar Tone. The salon will be open to metal guitar players of all types, including Alternative Metal, British Metal, Death Metal, Noise Rock, Grunge, Hard Rock, Pop Metal, Progressive Metal, Thrash & Speed Metal.

All participants will be interviewed for the upcoming Craft of Heavy Sound documentary (episode 2) of The Search for the Perfect Guitar Sound series.

Metal guitar players who are in the Toronto area during North by NorthEast music festival (June 1-14), and wish to appear in the programme, please contact the executive director, Trevor Andrews, via email: trevor@noisland.net

"Metal is a huge part of the world's musical landscape," says No Island's Executive Director Trevor Andrews, "and thanks to our partnership with Framus and Dana B. Goods, we are given the opportunity to explore the various nuances of this genre, promote emerging musicians and discuss sound and production techniques in a forum that leaves lifestyle issues to other media outlets.

Creating good metal is a skill. By looking at the differences found within this vast universe of heavy sound we hope to support the next generation of hard rockers and heady noise craftsmen."

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The Handshake Murders Sign With Goodfellow Records

Goodfellow Records has officially signed Arkansas metal/hardcore outfit The Handshake Murders to a three album deal. Formed in 2000, the band has put out four releases including an album with Southern Death Records last year. You can download two songs from the effort here. The Handshake Murders are currently writing their Goodfellow debut.

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From A Second Story Window Cancel Tour

From A Second Story Window have been forced to cancel their May tour, which kicked off yesterday and was to run through May 21st, due to some vehicle issues. Here's a statement from the band:

"We are super fucking bummed about this but we've had to cancel our tour out to the California Metal Fest. We have been riding around on illegal plates because we havent received our new ones and our registration... We bought a salvaged van because we got an insanely good deal on it. When you buy a salvaged vehicle it must be inspected, photographed and submitted to Harrisburg, PA for evaluation. This usually takes up to five weeks. Well we still haven't received our stuff yet...and we need to get it taken care of. We got caught the other night, and the cop let us go, but also he informed us of what would happen if we were pulled over and someone wasn't so forgiving. So we finished the next 2 shows and came home. We are are really sorry to everyone involved with that tour, the bands, the labels, the promoters, and of course those who may have been coming to see us. We just really have to get this taken care of so we don't have to miss anything else. I hope everyone understands. This was not easy for us to have to do...all we want to do right now is be on tour."

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Hatebreed Officially Signs To Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of Connecticut's HATEBREED to the label. The band, who celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2005, land at Roadrunner following the announcement of their 2006 Ozzfest participation and the release of their exclusive track on Headbangers Ball: The Revenge.

Having worked with Roadrunner internationally for some time, Hatebreed, a hardcore scene institution, are enthusiastically welcomed by Roadrunner’s US staff “ Not only have HATEBREED been one of the most influential bands of the past decade – there’s no doubt that their best days and most crushing music is ahead of them. It’s a privilege to be working with not only HATEBREED but also with Jamey Jasta, the very face of aggressive music itself.” says A&R man, Mike Gitter. Vocalist and host of MTV2’s Headbangers Ball show, Jamey Jasta says of the signing "I speak for the whole band when I say that we are more than excited to have our next album be released on Roadrunner Records worldwide. We are all big fans of the label. We're proud that Roadrunner Records is the new home for our music and message."

Hatebreed worked on this effort with longtime producer, Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Terror), and mixer, Mike Frasier (Metallica, The Cult) on their first Roadrunner Release, SUPREMACY, due to street on August 29th. The band has spent the past decade clawing its way up the heavy metal ranks, becoming one of the scene's best-selling metal bands, thanks to an Iron Man work ethic, a busy tour schedule, and a seamless fusion of hardcore and brutal metallic riffs. Says Jasta of the effort “We feel that our new material is beyond anything we've ever done as far as ferocity and pure adrenaline goes.” He continues about the premiere Roadrunner release “It is our most brutal and focused album to date while remaining true to our hardcore roots. We've added more thrash, death and crossover elements and have been able to keep the songs memorable and precise. To me every song on this album is an anthem. Every song gives me chills and makes me feel completely charged.”

Ozzfest have tapped the band for the main stage this year. In previous years, the band played and headlined the second stage. Bassist Chris Beattie says of the Ozzfest opportunity “It’s an honor and privilege for us to asked to fill a main stage slot and we promise not to disappoint any of our diehards out there! So buy your tickets now and get prepared for the most intense riffing to date, see you this summer!" Additionally, Hatebreed has enjoyed stints on the Warped Tour, and as main support for Slayer on the Fall 2003 Jagermeister Tour. Headline Hatebreed tours, including last November's anniversary tour, are consistently packed to capacity.

Jasta’s position at the helm of the Headbangers Ball TV show is just the beginning of his MTV2 story. The first single off Roadrunner’s MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE is “To The Threshold,” an exclusive HATEBREED track created for the compilation. A video for the track was directed by Dale Restighini (Trivium, Fallout Boy).

HATEBREED’s SUPREMACY is due in stores 8/29/06 and MTV2’s HEADBANGERS BALL” THE REVENGE is out now.

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